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Environmental Public Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my woodstove need to be certified?

A certified woodstove was manufactured after 1985 and has a permanently affixed Oregon D.E.Q or a U.S. EPA certification label. Obviously many homes built prior to 1985 have uncertified woodstoves that were installed when the house was built. This is okay. However, it is unlawful for any new or used solid fuel heating device to be installed in Jackson County that is not certified.  Furthermore, as of April 8, 2007, all non-certified solid fuel heating devices are required to be removed when a house is sold. Finally, if your woodstove is not certified and you live in the AQMA, burning is prohibited on Yellow and Red days. There are exemptions available for medical, low-income, and special needs.